News from June 2009

Local asbestos suit names 49 companies as defendants

By Kelly Holleran | Jun 1, 2009

Blevins An asbestos suit naming 49 defendant companies has been filed on behalf of a recently deceased man, alleging the man's asbestos-related disease was caused by company negligence.

Rice farmers appeal injunction, try to stop pipeline project

By David Yates | Jun 1, 2009

After being granted the power of eminent domain, Denbury Green Pipeline-Texas sought and received a permanent injunction earlier this year that stopped Texas Rice Land Partners from delaying construction of a pipeline.

Suit filed against grocer after girl slips in water puddle

By Kelly Holleran | Jun 1, 2009

A Beaumont woman says the minor girl who accompanied her on a grocery-shopping trip was injured after she slipped on an unseen puddle of water.

Injured pilot seeks medical expenses, lost wages from ship owner

By Kelly Holleran | Jun 1, 2009

A Florida man has filed suit against AEP River Operations, alleging he was not reimbursed for injuries he sustained while working on a boat for the company.

Woman sues local gynecologist over ovarian cyst

By Kelly Holleran | Jun 1, 2009

A Beaumont woman has filed suit against her doctor, alleging she needlessly endured pain for almost a year and a half because her doctor failed to fully remove her uterus during a hysterectomy.

U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear Bilski patent case

By Chris Rizo | Jun 1, 2009

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider whether patent protections for methods of doing business should be expanded.

Pearson firm hit with $1.4 million judgment for failing to pay environmental researcher

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jun 2, 2009

A Beaumont environmental law firm embroiled in litigation over money owed to an air quality consultant has been hit with judgment of more than $1 million.

Mostyn a no show at hearing, Austin judge orders client to disclose finances

By David Yates | Jun 2, 2009

On May 28, a Travis County district judge ordered Texas House Parliamentarian Denise Davis and her husband Ian Hancock to fully respond to questions and provide documents about their finances in connection with a lawsuit they lost in July of last year.

Malpractice case alleges surgeon left needle inside body

By Kelly Holleran | Jun 2, 2009

A Beaumont man has filed a medical malpractice suit against a local doctor, alleging a needle negligently left inside his body during surgery perforated his bladder.

Citing federal preemption, MDL judge dismisses hundreds of Medtronic suits

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Jun 3, 2009

Kyle TEXARKANA, Texas -- After dismissing hundreds of lawsuits alleging implantable defibrillator leads are defective, U.S. District Judge Richard H. Kyle maintains the plaintiffs' claims are preempted by federal law and has denied the plaintiffs' request to replead their case.

Couple who sued home manufacturer for eviction notice now non-suit defendant

By David Yates | Jun 3, 2009

Bad credit? No credit? In danger of losing your home? Well, a local couple has figured out an alternative form of mortgage bailout, sue everyone involved with your loan.

Termination could mean bad schools for kids, woman's suit claims

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jun 3, 2009

GALVESTON � Alleging she was wrongfully terminated, a Santa Fe woman's suit claims the job loss might force her family to move to a poor-performing school district.

Coon & Associates involved in Illinois class action over check cashing fees

By Kelly Holleran | Jun 3, 2009

Attorneys from Brent Coon & Associates are representing clients in a class action lawsuit against SuperValu, doing business as Shop N Save, filed in Madison County, Ill.

Recent patent infringement cases filed in the Eastern District of Texas

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jun 3, 2009

Recent patent infringement cases filed in the Eastern District of Texas, May 29-June 2, 2009

Galveston man sues insurer over failure to pay boat fire claim

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jun 3, 2009

GALVESTON � Asserting an accidental fire on his shrimp boat warrants coverage, a Texas City man seeks in excess of $240,000 in damages from his insurance company, recent court documents say.

Beaumont man sues insurer over workers' comp denial

By Kelly Holleran | Jun 3, 2009

A Beaumont man claims an insurance company wrongfully denied his workers' compensation claim after investigation by one of its adjusters.

Latest hurricane-related insurance suits filed in Jefferson County

By Kelly Holleran | Jun 3, 2009

A total of six suits over hurricane damage claims were filed against insurance companies in Jefferson County District Court during the week of May 25 through May 29.

Kent resigns, but buys time with distant effective date

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jun 3, 2009

Kent Convicted felon Samuel Kent agreed to resign from the federal bench � but not until 2010, assuring his retirement salary for another year while he sits in jail and Congress deals with his impeachment.

Pedestrian sues after being struck by Frito-Lay van

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jun 3, 2009

GALVESTON � A local woman is suing Plano-based Rolling Frito-Lay Sales LP and one of its employees in Galveston County District Court after she was hit by a company vehicle while walking in Houston more than a year ago.

Suit against cable company claims black employee kept from working white neighborhoods

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jun 3, 2009

A former Time Warner Cable employee claims she was kept from working in white neighborhoods and eventually terminated because of race and gender.

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